Friday, July 25, 2014
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Should some people just give up flying in US?

That headline was designed to get your attention and is meant to be facetious, but perhaps it is a serious question, after another incident -- this one with international diplomatic implications -- of travelers from Muslim countries being detained while trying to fly on U.S. airlines. Just below this post is another one. the story of the two men from Yemen, who didn't know each other, who were detained in the Netherlands at U.S. request (they have been released and flew on to Yemen) after they suspciously packed Pepto-Bismol and cell phones in their luggage. Today's story is about nine Pakistani military officers abruptly canceling a meeting with U.S Central Command in Tampa to protest the way they were treated enroute. Read more about that here ....

Should some people just give up flying in US?

That headline was designed to get your attention and is meant to be facetious, but perhaps it is a serious question, after another incident -- this one with international diplomatic implications -- of travelers from Muslim countries being detained while trying to fly on U.S. airlines. Just below this post is another one. the story of the two men from Yemen, who didn't know each other, who were detained in the Netherlands at U.S. request (they have been released and flew on to Yemen) after they suspciously packed Pepto-Bismol and cell phones in their luggage. Today's story is about nine Pakistani military officers abruptly canceling a meeting with U.S Central Command in Tampa to protest the way they were treated enroute. Read more about that here ....  

Tom Belden
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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